chicken marengo

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By Marsha Gardner
from Florala, AL

For those of you who like history...here is the story behind Chicken Marengo. It takes its name after the Battle of Marengo in 1800 when Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the Austrians. According to tradition, Napoleon demand a quick meal after the battle and his chef was forced to work with a meager amount of ingredients: a chicken, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs, olive oil, and crayfish. The chef cut up the chicken, fried it in oil, and made a sauce with rest of the ingredients. Napoleon liked the dish and considered it lucky since he won the battle.

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serves 4-6

Ingredients For chicken marengo

  • 3
    boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1-2 tsp
    tarragon, dried
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted
  • 4 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 lg
    onion, sliced
  • 8 oz
    fresh mushroom, sliced
  • 20 oz
    can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 c
    chicken broth
  • 1 can
    black olive slices
  • 1-2 clove
    garlic
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
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How To Make chicken marengo

  • 1
    Cut chicken in bite-sized pieces. Mix 1/2 cup of flour, chicken pieces, tarragon, salt and pepper in a plastic bag to coat.
  • 2
    Brown chicken with 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat.
  • 3
    When chicken is done, remove from pan. Add sliced onions and mushrooms to the pan and saute until browned, in 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • 4
    Put chicken back in pan. Add 1 cup of chicken broth, a 20 oz can of chopped tomatoes, 1 can of sliced black olives, and 1-2 cloves of garlic.
  • 5
    Bring to a boil, then simmer for 40 minutes. Serve over penne pasta.

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